For the third year, second-year students at ASAT were enrolled in a three-week class called Fundamentals of Social Communication at Southern Connecticut State University.

Each Monday and Wednesday, they commuted to the Southern campus on their own and did coursework alongside other undergrad students in this college-level class on the basics of social communication in the Department of Communication Disorders. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they returned to SCSU for social communication groups to supplement their academic work.

The New Haven Register recently did a front-page story on the class. To read the story, click here: SCSU/Chapel Haven Class Expands Opportunities for Varied Ability Students

The class serves many purposes, according to Dr. Barbara Cook, Ed.D., CCC-SLP,  who oversees the class with Dr. Deborah Weiss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at SCSU.

Dr. Barbara Cook, SCSU

“The emphasis of the course is understanding the theoretical concepts of social cognition and relating these to the workplace and the university setting,” Cook said. The class gives ASAT students greater familiarity with college-level academic work while at the same time familiarizes them with the SCSU campus. They’ve obtained SCSU student IDs as part of their registration as non-matriculated students and have taken guided tours of the new SCSU science building, Buley Library, the food court, and the departments of Art and Computer Science.

Learning how to navigate the world socially is vitally important, said Dr. Weiss. “It’s the key for everything that we do, whether in the workplace or in our personal relationships. The way we communicate verbally and nonverbally is really the key to success in life.”

Chapel Haven’s partnership with SCSU on the class was recently featured in a journal article from the ASHA Leader, co-authored by Ginny Hodge, along with Drs. Cook and Weiss.

To read the journal article, click here:

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